My SNSF application

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The “My SNSF application” feature allows anyone affiliated to a UNIL research unit to create a list of research results in the format requested by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Indeed, the SNSF requires all applicants to provide a standardised set of information when applying for new funding. This includes a list of research results that can be generated from Serval and that meets the requirements of the SNSF.


The structure of the report follows the SNSF’s recommendations. However, the information contained in Serval makes it possible to complete the first 4 sections. Authors are required to read the SNSF requirements and complete, if applicable, the other 5 sections or delete them before submitting the document to the SNSF.


Aware that each discipline has specific bibliographical style habits for publication lists, “My SNSF application” is a .docx document that can be freely modified by the user.

The bibliographic style used corresponds to that indicated by the SNSF as the most easily readable when evaluating requests:

[author][year][title][Journal or book][Edition][Pages][DOI][Link to full text]

To define the styles for each type of publication, we based ourselves on the style of the Fribourg University of Teacher Education in the open library Citation Styles Library because of its similarity to the model recommended by the SNSF.

According to the SNSF recommendations, the name of the applicant must be underlined in the list of search results. Unfortunately, this is not possible to do this automatically from Serval, but you can watch the video below to learn how to do it easily and directly in Word.

Omissions or errors

Some publications may not be imported into the report. This is probably due to the fact that the data contained in Serval are incomplete or incorrect.

The SNSF mainly requests peer-reviewed publications from the last 5 years. If you notice that publications are missing, check that the notice for the publication in question is:

In public with one year of publication during the last 5 years:

With editorial status in press or published:

And with the “peer-reviewed” box checked (Optional metadata):

If you have any doubts about how to edit the record, follow this link to find text and video help on the subject.

Edit your report

The.docx document generated with this feature can be completely edited. Watch the video below to learn in a few minutes what you can do with your report.

SNSF final report

It is necessary to differentiate this functionality “my SNF application” from the SNSF final report.

In order to add your list of publications for the final SNSF report, it is possible to export the list of publications related to a SNF project from Serval and import them later in MySNF.